Hello, Vixens!!! Welcome back to the countdown!!!
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It is hard for me to believe that the same team behind the “Rudolph The Red-Nose Reindeer” TV special-Arthur Rankin, Jr. & Jules Bass-also came up with the story for the special based on today’s song, which was first recorded in 1951. Perhaps one of them worked for Walt Disney at some point because he seemed to enjoy creating stories around subjects who lost parents.
The main character of this special is an orphan, so I do not enjoy watching this Christmas show at all. I remember it being on our TV set year after year when I was a kid, but between the sad story and the operatic version of the song used in the special, I preferred to go to bed early rather than suffer through the show one more time.
But then I heard the song as a duet between Bing Crosby and the beautiful talented man we lost earlier this year-David Bowie (read my tribute here)-and suddenly the song was no longer the bane of my existence (I still hate the TV special, however. The story of an orphan is not Christmas fare EVER, even if that orphan got to play his drum for the Baby Jesus!!! A lot of kids with parents play the drum, too!!!)
David Bowie & Bing Crosby (original source unknown)
Over the years I have heard other fantastic recordings of this song, but today’s pick is my favorite. Why? Because it’s by Ray Charles. No other explanation necessary.
Ray Charles: The Little Drummer Boy
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What are some of your favorite Christmas songs?
Until next time, fellow Vixens, happy listening!!!
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